Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference 2022

August 26 & 27

About Branded

There is no other youth conference where you can get professional photos of your product or headshots, coaching from marketing experts, meet business professionals from across the GTA, hear inspiring speakers, and network with other young professionals.

Since 2012, Branded has given Black, Newcomer and Most-Vulnerable-Person (MVP) youth real tools to build their businesses. Through our model of group consultations, and our annual Pitch Competition, Branded has provided over $100,000 in funding to Youth entrepreneurs across the GTA.

Branded 2022

Branded is back and this year, you’ll get to enjoy that Branded magic in person!

On Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, Branded will be hosting a two-day conference at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. We’re bringing back everything you love about Branded with a few special additions. 

Check out the full agenda below and make sure to register for your chance to pitch for up to $5,000 towards your business.


Jebril Jalloh

Entrepreneur and Founder of Get Fresh Company

There’s no such thing as an overnight success. It takes all nighters, failed attempts and the art of hustling to get to where you want to be. For Toronto’s Jebril “Fresh” Jalloh, his proudest wins have only come after he finally made it through his toughest obstacles. The Entrepreneur and Founder of Get Fresh Company, had every reason not to pursue his dream of owning a business – single-parent household, rough upbringing, high school dropout – but to achieve the impossible, you have to see it first. Jebril’s vision came to him at the age of 16 while he was hanging out with friends. He proclaimed: I want to own a store called Get Fresh and it will be the freshest store in Toronto. They laughed then, but nothing was funny when in August 2013, he opened the doors of Get Fresh Company (GFC) in a location that Vogue named the second-hippest district in the world -Toronto’s “West Queen West” area.

Consultation Sessions with

Sarah-Jane Gwira

Founder, Squish Social

Slaying Social

Everyone wants to step up their social media game, but how does an entrepreneur who’s already pressed for time make it happen? Join Sarah Jane as she helps break down the best bang-for-your-buck strategies on how to Slay your Social.

Christopher Duff

Founder, Inspired Initiatives

Learn, Pivot, Grow: How to Innovate, Better

There are nine different areas of your business you can innovate that will help you grow. How many are you using? In this workshop, Chris uses the Business Model Canvas to teach you how to create strategies to reach new customers.

Hamza Fasih

Founder, Bellvines Influence

Close with Confidence

Selling, whether to a customer or an investor, is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs – but many people hate it. Join Hamza, as he uses his experience from closing hundreds of deals to make you a better salesperson so your business can thrive.

Expert Stations


Digital Strategy and Brand Development

A force within the marketing and video production industry for over a decade, Dwayne Holness is the founder and CEO of Corex Creative – a video marketing agency specializing in corporate videos, digital strategy, and brand development.

Dymika Harte

App Design & Development

Dymika Harte is an award winning creative entrepreneur, founder of female-powered design agency UNSGND and co-founder of tech company Clutch App — a marketplace that connects new drivers with local instructors.

Rachel Lambo

Growing Your Beauty Business

Rachel is a marketing virtuoso with 14+ years of experience. She’s also a proud co-founder of Sade Baron, a clean body care brand, and loves consulting women entrepreneurs to help them create their own success. Since its launch in 2016, Sade Baron has joined the shelves of 100+ retailers in Canada, the United States and the UK.

Sepo Achampong

Prioritizing the Entrepreneur

Sepo Achampong is a Program Manager with Bizstart and entrepreneur who’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs think about their businesses more holistically.

Slingshot Law

Legal Guidance for Entrepreneurs

Slingshot provides all the day-to-day legal services your business needs, all in one place.

Conference MC

Karlena Waugh

Founder, The Biz Mixer

By day Karlena is an Event Coordinator for the Event Experience Team at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE). By night, she is a millennial entrepreneur who is passionate about community building and collaboration in business.


Day 1

10:00 AMRegistration & Welcome
11:00 AMConsultation Session 1
12:15 PMLunch N’ Link
1:45 PMConsultation Session 2
3:15 PMKeynote
3:45 PMClosing Remarks

Day 2

5:00 PMDoors Open
6:00 PMWelcoming & Opening Remarks
6:30 PMPitch Event
8:00 PMWinners Announced
8:30 PMCelebration & Social

Pitch Competition MC

Femi Lawson

Femi is a Canadian born Nigerian with a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and a Degree in Criminal Justice. For the past 15 years, Femi has been working with arts, culture and entertainment vehicles across Canada. He is the former Creative Director of the Nia Centre For The Arts, the first black arts center in Canada.

Apply to the Branded Pitch Competition

Five finalists will be selected to deliver a five-minute pitch to an expert panel of judges and Branded 2022 attendees. Prizes of $5000, $3000 and $1000 will be awarded to the top 3 finalists. 

Applications accepted until August 7th at 9pm 
Finalists notified on August 11th
Mandatory finalist prep session at Artscape Daniels Launchpad on August 16th from 6-8pm


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